Definitions for Asyluməˈsaɪ ləm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

a•sy•luməˈsaɪ ləm(n.)

  1. (esp. formerly) an institution for the maintenance and care of the mentally ill, orphans, or other persons requiring specialized assistance.

    Category: Psychiatry

  2. an inviolable refuge, as formerly for criminals and debtors; sanctuary.

  3. protection or shelter granted by a country or embassy to refugees from another country, esp. refugees escaping arrest or prosecution:

    political asylum.

    Category: Law

  4. any secure retreat.

Origin of asylum:

1400–50; late ME; < L < Gk ásȳlon sanctuary =a-a -6+sŷlon right of seizure

Princeton's WordNet

  1. refuge, sanctuary, asylum(noun)

    a shelter from danger or hardship

  2. mental hospital, psychiatric hospital, mental institution, institution, mental home, insane asylum, asylum(noun)

    a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. asylum(noun)əˈsaɪ ləm

    protection offered to sb from another country

    political asylum; advice for those seeking asylum in the U.S.

  2. asyluməˈsaɪ ləm

    sb who wants asylum


  1. asylum(Noun)

    A place of safety

  2. asylum(Noun)

    The protection, physical and legal, afforded by such a place.

  3. asylum(Noun)

    A place of protection or restraint for one or more classes of the disadvantaged, especially the mentally ill.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Asylum(noun)

    a sanctuary or place of refuge and protection, where criminals and debtors found shelter, and from which they could not be forcibly taken without sacrilege

  2. Asylum(noun)

    any place of retreat and security

  3. Asylum(noun)

    an institution for the protection or relief of some class of destitute, unfortunate, or afflicted persons; as, an asylum for the aged, for the blind, or for the insane; a lunatic asylum; an orphan asylum


  1. Asylum

    Asylum is a horror film from 20th Century Fox released on DVD in 2008. David R. Ellis, of Final Destination 2 and Snakes on a Plane, directed. Parts of the movie were filmed on the campus of Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. The film stars Sarah Roemer.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Asylum' in Nouns Frequency: #2985

Translations for Asylum

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


safety; protection

He was granted political asylum.

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